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Jul 20, 2015 2:49 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Drunk Driver Causes Crash In Water Mill, Daughter Sent to Hospital With Head Injury

Jul 22, 2015 11:34 AM

A 3-year-old girl was taken to the hospital over the weekend after she was injured in a car accident that police said occurred when her mother was driving drunk and high on drugs in Water Mill.

Kacey Cosgrove, 35, of Water Mill was driving on Noyac Path on Sunday afternoon when her 2008 Honda struck a 2007 Mini Cooper just before 2 p.m., according to Southampton Town Police.

Ms. Cosgrove’s 3-year-old daughter, whom police did not name, suffered a head injury and was transported to Southampton Hospital by Bridgehampton Fire Rescue and listed in stable condition.

The driver of the Mini Cooper, Elizabeth Schetman, 24, of Water Mill, also was taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries suffered in the crash, Town Police Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa said.

Police said Ms. Cosgrove was found to be intoxicated and was arrested shortly after the incident occurred. Police said she was under the influence of both drugs and alcohol, but did not specify what drugs she had taken.

She was charged with aggravated DWI with a child 15 years or younger in the vehicle—also known as Leandra’s Law—plus endangering the welfare of a child, driving while her ability was impaired by drugs, and third-degree unlicensed operation of a vehicle, all misdemeanors. She also was charged with operating a vehicle with suspended registration, a violation.

Ms. Cosgrove was held overnight at police headquarters in Hampton Bays and arraigned in the Southampton Town Justice Court the following morning. She was remanded to Suffolk County Jail in Riverside in lieu of $53,000 bail.

Town detectives are still investigating the incident and are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call (631) 702-2230.

Armed Driver Crashes, Flees

A Southampton man faces several charges after police said he drove his vehicle off Montauk Highway and then, armed with guns, fled from town, village and state police officers who were in pursuit.

Damon E. Moore, 47, was driving his unregistered and unlicensed vehicle east on Montauk Highway “in a reckless manner” last Thursday afternoon, July 16, at around 3:19 p.m., according to Southampton Town Police. He eventually lost control of his vehicle and drove off the roadway near Tuckahoe Lane, crashing through hedges, shrubs and fences.

After stopping his car, he ran away, armed with what witnesses told responding officers appeared to be two shotguns, according to Town Police Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa.

Town Police, along with Southampton Village Police and State Troopers, searched the surrounding area for Mr. Moore, and troopers eventually spotted him a short while later on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation near Montauk Highway and arrested him at about 5:30 p.m. on an outstanding warrant for a second-degree criminal contempt charge. He was taken to police barracks in Riverside for processing.

Mr. Moore was then transported to Town Police headquarters in Hampton Bays at around 8 p.m., where he was additionally charged with a series of misdemeanors: fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, and four counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He also was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, a violation.

Det. Sgt. Costa said Mr. Moore had several prescription drugs in his possession, including Ambien and hydrocodone.

Southampton Town Justice Court representatives did not return calls requesting arraignment and bail information.

Five Swimmers Rescued

One person was sent to the hospital after five swimmers were rescued from Peconic Bay by Southampton Town bay constables and other agencies on Saturday.

Raymond Hummel, 22, was transported to Southampton Hospital by Southampton Volunteer Ambulance to be treated for a leg injury he suffered during the rescue, according to a press release from Southampton Town Police. Others who were rescued—police identified them as Alex Choi and Nathan Reister, both 22, John Morales, 19, and Ben Moritz, 21, with no hometowns released for any of the victims—were not injured.

The bay constables were notified of distressed swimmers near Buoy 22 in Peconic Bay at about 10:10 a.m. on Saturday. Southampton Town Bay Constable Mark Ruocco was able to locate Mr. Hummel and Mr. Choi resting on the buoy and, with assistance from Southold Town bay constables and a vessel from Sea Tow Eastern, was able to rescue both from the buoy.

Mr. Hummel and Mr. Choi then alerted officials about three more swimmers, which launched a search by the Southampton and Southold Town bay constables, the U.S. Coast Guard, and Suffolk County Police Aviation. Mr. Reister, Mr. Morales, and Mr. Moritz were eventually located just west of Robins Island with help from a Smithtown couple who were on the water in their boat.

According to the release, the swimmers were all transported to Towd Point Dock by Southampton Marine Unit 5 before Mr. Hummel was taken to the hospital.

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Is Buoy 22 at the south end of Robins Island at the rip? Pretty good winds mid-Saturday morning (15 knots +/-), and the current at the rip would have been strong at that time.

Other sources report that there were only two kayaks for the five occupants. It will be interesting to learn where they left from, what their float plan was, and whether they were wearing PFD's and carrying any communication equipment.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Jul 20, 15 4:49 PM
sounds like so good old boys from southampton

just joking

illegals again

no home town?
By llimretaw (118), watermill on Jul 20, 15 4:54 PM
Alex Choi and Nathan Reister, both 22, John Morales, 19, and Ben Moritz, 21

What is your ignorant mouth talking about?

Moritz? Reister?
By Nature (2966), Southampton on Jul 21, 15 12:02 PM
Wow did you really miss the sarcasm????lighten up! He was kidding!
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Jul 22, 15 8:53 AM
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Pretty sure he wasn't... he said "just joking" in reference to the "good ol' boys" and made note of the "no hometown".
By Nature (2966), Southampton on Jul 22, 15 9:11 AM
those are the names the cops found on the fake id's they were carrying
By llimretaw (118), watermill on Jul 29, 15 5:29 PM
Why weren't the fire departments notified? Southampton, North Sea and Mattituck all have very capable boats for these situations. What if a dive team was needed? Why do we keep letting politics and bureaucracy get in the way of saving lives bay constables?
By politcal pawn (121), Flanders on Jul 20, 15 9:18 PM
North Sea FD was activated and responded.
By capt. Jack (17), Southampton on Jul 21, 15 9:19 AM
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They say ignorance is bliss: but sometimes it's just mouthy. No illegals. Several responders from each department: EMT; Fire Dept: Police:
By hbaysboomer (15), Hampton Bays on Jul 21, 15 10:29 AM
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